Cargo bound for the International Space Station is on its way to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Tanegashima Space Center in Japan to begin final processing for launch. A flex hose rotary coupler and a cargo transportation container departed the Space Station Processing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Thursday, Aug. 19.
The flex hose rotary couple is used to transfer liquid ammonia across the rotary joints that allow the space station's radiators to rotate. The spare parts will travel by truck, plane and boat before arriving at Tanegashima on Sept. 1. The cargo will travel to the station aboard HTV-2, a cargo spacecraft that's scheduled to launch on an H-IIB rocket on Jan. 20, 2011.